Any accusation of design theft in fashion can be traced back to patient zero: the moodboard. One of the most important tools in a fashion designer’s arsenal, it maps their constellation of references until it all comes together in the creative eureka moment that sparks...

As the paradigmatic tortured artist, Amedeo Modigliani’s biography is now legendary. An alcoholic, drug addict and rampant womaniser, his early death by tuberculosis at 35 ended a turbulent life that feels strangely at odds with the elegance and serenity of his sculptural portraits and nudes. The enfant...

When putting together an issue on the relationship between interiors and fashion, Tina Barney's name was impossible to ignore. As one of the most acclaimed photographers of all time, with a career spanning nearly five decades, Barney’s fascination with the tastes of the world’s great and good is ...

With its eclectic programme of opera, art, architecture and design, the London-based KT Wong Foundation has been bridging the creative landscapes of Britain and China since 2007, establishing itself as a cultural force. But according to its founder, Lady Linda Wong Davies (see W*163), the initial...

Disguised in a wig and sunglasses, the artist Jo Brocklehurst went undercover to draw some of the larger-than-life figures of London’s nightlife at fetish clubs and punk gigs. But her extraordinary body of work – including portraits of everyone from Boy George to Billy Idol...

Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Deborah Levy has reached literary celebrity thanks to the moving but meticulously crafted psychodramas of Swimming Home (2012) and Hot Milk (2016). Turning her hand to a graphic novel may seem unexpected, yet her prolific career over the...

The starting point for this group show is an anecdote from an essay by Douglas Coupland, in which he describes an unlikely venture into the world of dumpster diving. Coupland notes that “you can often find very interesting portraits of a person by looking only...

Have you ever wondered how many times you swear in a week? How many doors you pass through? How often you check the time, and how that corresponds to moments of stress, hunger or activity? What if you had the tools to see these plotted...

Quentin Blake’s place in the pantheon of British children’s illustrators is sacrosanct. His illustrations for Roald Dahl have been lighting up youthful imaginations since the 1980s, and more recent collaborations with writers such as David Walliams and Michael Rosen have assured his legacy for a...

Historic department store Fortnum & Mason is known as an Aladdin’s cave of luxury gifts, exotic foods and their famous hampers, the latter of which are priced up to £25,000 and dished out annually as Christmas favours by London’s great and good. But for the first...